News | September 28, 2006

3-D Theater to Put Docs in the Middle of Images

Researchers in The Netherlands say they’ve realized the dream of truly interactive 3-D medical imaging: A company called Crosslinks is working to develop and market a software invention in Europe and around the world that provides 3-D visualization that clinicians and researchers can not only view head-on, but actually walk around and through.

“There are so many applications,” said Peter van der Spek, Ph.D., who led the development of the I-Space virtual reality theater at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam. “The first step is just realizing what you can do with it.”

With potential applications in both research as well as in diagnosis and treatment decisions, I-Space takes data from MR imaging, CT and ultrasonography and renders images for projection in three and four dimensions. The images can also be “played” back with a time component that allows researchers and physicians to see real-time animation, enabling analysis of elements such as irregular heartbeats or the movement of muscles.

Crosslinks envisions becoming a significant specialized player in the medical imaging market in the next three years and had formed partnerships formed with Silicon Graphics Inc. and Barco to aid in marketing, delivering, installing and supporting the hardware. Nevertheless, the company acknowledges that I-Space theaters are not likely to be popping up around the world right away. Acquiring an I-Space system requires substantial financial, logistical and structural commitments from a site, they said.

The full text of an article explaining one application of I-Space, “Dynamic 3-D Echocardiography in Virtual Reality” published in Cardiovascular Ultrasound, is available at www.pubmedcentral.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1343588.

Related Content

Nihon Kohden Launches Augmented Reality Electrophysiology Training App at HIMSS18
Technology | Advanced Visualization | March 06, 2018
Nihon Kohden announced the launch of the Nihon Kohden Dimensions Augmented Reality (AR) App to complement the Clinical...
NIH Issues $2.2 Million Grant for Augmented Reality Cardiac Hologram Research
News | Advanced Visualization | February 15, 2018
February 15, 2018 — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a $2.2 million research grant to healthcare techn
EchoPixel Showcases Next-Generation Surgical Planning With True 3-D Interactive Mixed Reality Software
News | Advanced Visualization | January 08, 2018
EchoPixel showcased the latest version of True 3D, its interactive, mixed reality software solution at the 103rd Annual...
Videos | Advanced Visualization | December 07, 2017
Dianna Bardo M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3-D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children's Hospital, disc
Vital Unveils Newest Vitrea Advanced Visualization Release at RSNA 2017
Technology | Advanced Visualization | December 04, 2017
December 4, 2017 — Vital Images unveiled the newest version of Vitrea...
Arterys Completes Series B to Accelerate Product Commercialization
News | Advanced Visualization | November 15, 2017
Arterys Inc. announced the close of its $30M Series B financing round. The investment was led by Temasek, with...
TeraRecon Introduces 175-Plus New Features in iNtuition 4.4.13
Technology | Advanced Visualization | November 06, 2017
November 6, 2017 — TeraRecton announced the launch of version 4.4.13 of its iNtuition...
TeraRecon Enhances Speed, Clinical Capabilities With Latest iNtuition Release
Technology | Advanced Visualization | October 25, 2017
October 25, 2017 — TeraRecon announced the release of version 4.4.13 of their iNtuition software, bringing over 175 n
Analytics 4 Life Raises $25 Million for AI-Backed Cardiac Imaging Technology
News | Advanced Visualization | October 20, 2017
October 20, 2017 — Digital health company Analytics 4 Life announced it has completed a $25 million Series B financin
Echopixel, True 3D Viewer, interactive virtual reality, pediatric surgery, increased clinical adoption
News | Advanced Visualization | March 21, 2017
March 21, 2017 — EchoPixel recently announced progress in the clinical adoption of its True 3D...
Overlay Init